Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality

47 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2017

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Utteeyo Dasgupta

Utteeyo Dasgupta; IZA; Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill; Population Studies Center; Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Smriti Sharma

Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra, India

Saurabh Singhal

United Nations - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU/WIDER)

Abstract

We exploit the variation in the admissions cutoffs across colleges of a leading Indian university in a regression discontinuity framework to estimate the causal effects of enrolling in a selective college on: cognitive attainment, behavioral preferences, and Big Five personality. We find that enrolling in a selective college improves only females' exam scores. Further, marginally admitted females in selective colleges become less overconfident and less risk averse while males in selective colleges experience a decline in extraversion and conscientiousness. Higher attendance rates among females explain the gender differences in returns to better college and peer environment.

Keywords: cognitive attainment, behavior, personality, college quality, peer effects, India

JEL Classification: I23, C9, C14, J24, O15

Suggested Citation

Dasgupta, Utteeyo and Mani, Subha and Sharma, Smriti and Singhal, Saurabh, Cognitive, Socioemotional and Behavioral Returns to College Quality. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2956796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2956796

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